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Scotia’s “Thistle”

Inevitably, a 127 year-old challenge from Glasgow, Scotland to New York, USA for yachting’s Holy Grail, the America’s Cup, has left lingering family memories and mementoes. It was a big deal, as it would be now, and is still within … Continue reading

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Order of the Thistle

It continues to be the America’s Cup silly season: the void between the last, enthralling episode, and the next; wherever it may be; in whatever boats… And crew nationality has raised its head. Last year’s ‘American’ defender, Oracle Team USA, … Continue reading

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Martin Black wins the John Leather Award for Special Achievement at the 2014 Classic Boat Awards

Martin Black, author of  G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design, was tonight presented with the John Leather Award for Special Achievement at the 2014 Classic Boat Magazine Awards event in Mayfair, London. It’s the first time … Continue reading

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America’s Cup history

G.L. Watson designed four America’s Cup challengers: Thistle (1887), Valkyrie II (1893), Valkyrie III (1895) and Shamrock II (1901). Sadly they don’t feature as moving images in the Gary Jobson AC History series below. It was just too early for … Continue reading

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The Silver Goose

German yachtsman Oliver Berking runs his family’s 139-year-old high-end silversmith business from the traditional-boat capital of Baltic Germany, Flensburg. Now he is brazing his inherited flair for creating exquisite objects of desire to the world of classic yachts – on … Continue reading

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Skulduggery Pleasant

Charles Paine Burgess, University of Glasgow educated naval architect and aeronautic engineer – designer of the revolutionary aluminium rig for the 1930 (13th Cup match) J-Class America’s Cup defender Enterprise – and brother of America’s Cup designer Starling Burgess,  once … Continue reading

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The Oldest G.L. Watson Yacht?

One of the most remarkable – not least by virtue of being the oldest known – of the scarce fleet of surviving yachts from yacht designer G.L. Watson’s lifetime is the 27ft gaff cutter Spartan. She is in the care … Continue reading

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